The Youth Empowerment Solutions Project (YES Project) yesterday called on all political parties and their supporters ahead of the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Edo State to shun violence and give peace a chance during and after the 19 September, 2020 polls.
The executive board member and the executive director, YES Project, Hamzat Lawal, and Oche-Precious Edeh made this appeal during a media briefing held in Abuja.
According to Lawal, “the organsation has carried out a seven days massive voters sensitization and peace advocacy in Edo State, through rallies, stakeholders advocacy visit and meetings, TV appearances, streets and market place sensitization on the need for citizens, particularly the youths to vote and ensure a peaceful and violence-free election.”
Lawal said during interactions with some of the youths in the state it is evidence that the people are willing to exercise their civic responsibility on the Election Day.
”There are still a good number of respondents who are not sure if they will vote.
“The reason being that the fear of violence by thugs and other criminal elements as well as poor confidence in the electoral umpire to deliver a free, fair and credible election and the fear that their votes will not count.
“So we appealing to the good people of Edo State especially youths to shun violence, vote-buying and selling and chose a leader of their choice,” Lawal said.